Figures released by MAG (Manchester Airports Group), operators of East Midlands, Stansted and Manchester Airports show continued growth in both passenger numbers and cargo.
Manchester Airport Group’s third UK airport, East Midlands Airport, grew in 2017 – seeing a 4.9% increase in the number of passengers it flew. The airport has ambitious expansion plans to double its passenger numbers to 10m in the next 10-15 years, with a focus on developing more routes to major European hubs to complement is popular holiday routes.
In cargo, East Midlands Airport, the UK’s largest airport for pure cargo, grew 8.6% in 2017 to handle 353,017 tonnes. London Stansted grew 2.8% to 261,243 tonnes and Manchester Airport grew 8.0% to 122,358 tonnes.
2017 saw continued growth at MAG, the UK’s largest airports group, as its three airports saw increased demand from passengers and airlines for flights.
Manchester Airport grew 8.5% year-on-year to serve 27.8m passengers in 2017, more than have ever flown from Manchester before. The success of long haul routes to Beijing, Singapore, Hong Kong, San Francisco and Houston, combined with continued strong demand for summer holidays to Spain, Greece and the Canary Islands saw Manchester Airport play an ever more important role in connecting the North with global destinations. In December 2017, traffic was up 1.5% year on year to 1.8m.
London Stansted Airport also recorded its busiest ever year as it welcomed 25.9 million passengers in 2017, an increase of 1.57 million passengers and 6.5% over the previous 12 months.